About Hungarian Dance Weekend at Pinewoods

Friday, June 7, 3 pm – Sunday, June 9, 2019, 8 pm

Pinewoods Camp, Plymouth, Massachusetts

Pinewoods Camp

Pinewoods is a traditional dance and music camp, located on 25 hilly acres in a pine forest between Long Pond and Round Pond in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Facilities include four open-sided pavilions, an open-sided dining hall overlooking Long Pond, and a fireplaced camphouse for gatherings. Cozy, screened cabins and rustic cottages nestle among the tall pines. The ponds’ clear waters invite swimmers, canoeists, and kayakers.

Classes and activities

The schedule features dance classes Saturday and Sunday mornings and afternoons, plus táncház (dance parties) and after-parties on Friday and Saturday nights. Dénes Takácsy and partner will teach Vajdaszentiványi Táncok, a gorgeous, fun, but not too difficult couple dance from eastern Transylvania, that is a favorite in Hungarian folk dance clubs. It’s well-known for its use of a handkerchief to lead the women in turns. Some familiarity with Hungarian couple dancing, or prior experience with some form of lead/follow couple dancing, would be expected. There will be at least one advanced-level class, to work on new, cool Vajdaszentiványi figures. Evening parties will feature the Hungarian folk band Fényes Banda from New York City for dancing, teaching circles, and listening pleasure.

Camper-led activities are a Pinewoods tradition, so those who come are welcome to organize and lead other events too (e.g. singing, crafts, nature hike to the cranberry bogs, etc.). These could be Hungarian-themed or not.


Campers are housed in a variety of rustic cabins and cottages sprinkled throughout camp. Freestanding, one-room cabins house two campers each. Larger cabins and cottages (many with screened porches) have multiple bedrooms housing one to three campers each. Shared bathrooms are nearby. Pinewoods Camp provides beds, mattresses, and pillows. Campers bring sheets and blankets (or sleeping bags), and towels. Sheets and blankets can be rented for a nominal fee. When you register for Hungarian Dance Weekend, you may make roommate requests, if you have any, on the Application Form.


Meals are served family style (lunch and dinner) or cafeteria style (breakfast) in the Dining Hall and accommodate vegetarians as well as omnivores. See the Camper info page for information about special diets. You may sign up for the vegetarian option and specify other dietary preferences on the Application Form when you register for camp.

Camper jobs

To help the sessions run smoothly and keep costs down, campers are assigned small chores, such as setting tables before meals or sweeping a dance pavilion. You will be asked for your job preferences and limitations when you apply to camp.


The Pinewoods Camp Store sells snacks, ice cream and sundries and is open on a self-serve basis throughout the weekend. The Folk Arts Center’s Little Shop of Horas® travels to camp and is available throughout the weekend. The shop sells CDs and DVDs of music from around the world, music and song books, and T-shirts. Campers are welcome to bring folk items to sell in the folk bazár.